Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme: enabling provision for women
Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, have launch their £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme.
The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services. It builds on their experience of peer support approaches that they have seen reach women within their communities and that women value.
Peer support differs from other forms of mental health service and support in important ways. It happens when people who have similar experiences of something difficult come together to support each other. It is through this development of meaningful, two-way relationships that peer support works. Crucially, the people involved play an active role in creating a safe environment for each other.